Rivera-Sennett is creating a series of films called "The Ballad of Lucky Lucifer."
2
patrons
$18
per month
Rivera-Sennett treasures the communal ritual of watching a movie. Our films are meant to be seen in a dark, dingy theater where the image flickers, the AC roars, and leg room is scant. We want to make films for small movie houses, to hold on to the fulfilling experience of watching a movie with others around you. We invite you to join us in creating work that brings people together in the dark.

Collaboration

Rivera-Sennett is our signature (Matthew Rivera and Evan Sennett) because our work is the product of a hyphenation. When we met in the 7th grade, nearly a decade ago, we both knew we wanted to make films. We learned how to make movies side-by-side, so it was only natural that our tastes and visions aligned. The individual parts of our operation can never equal the whole.



We’ve gone on to make eight films together that have played around the world in the U.S., France, England, Russia, Brazil, Israel, India, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Serbia.

Through middle school, high school and now at separate colleges, we have managed to make films. We always have a new project in the works, and we love having more to work on than we can manage.

Process

While digital filmmaking offers many beautiful options, our work thrives on 16mm film. Black and white 16mm shapes our process. Due to its expense, we are forced to make deliberate decisions, and to prepare extensively before shooting. Film disciplines our work because we have to get it right on the first or second take.

The first expense we encounter is purchasing film stock. We shoot our 15 minute short films with about 55 minutes of film (5 400ft. rolls) which runs at around $500.



Once we've shot the film, the most expensive step is scanning it in very high resolution so that we can edit it on a digital platform. A 2k scan of 55 minutes costs around $1000. The image maintains a glorious look through this transfer, rendering out a razor sharp texture and a soft, rich palate of gray tones.

Finally, we transfer the finished film back to a 16mm projection print and the movie is ready to be shown the way it is meant to be seen. This is the final expense, a cost of $150 for a 15 minute short.



The process is long, arduous and expensive, but it makes us closely consider every decision making our films and gives them a bigger than life presence on screen.

Invest

Since 2012, we have made one short per year. We are different from most Patreon video makers because we aren't releasing work on a monthly or even weekly basis. The time and labor that goes into making one of our films is a slow-going process. We make movies to have lasting value rather than immediate appeal.

Currently, we're working on a series of films called "The Ballad of Lucky Lucifer," which will be a feature length series of shorts.

Our work would be impossible to make without the contributions of other artists and investors. The biggest challenge is the constant stop-and-go routine of finishing one film and starting a new one from scratch. With your patronage, we can continue creating with fewer obstacles.

As a patron, you will receive regular updates on the progress of our films, as well as exclusive first looks at the final product. As long as you contribute, your name will be in celluloid at the end of each film we make! Most importantly, you will be part of our trusted community and investing in the beautiful experience of going to the movies.

If you like our work, and want to become involved in realizing its creation, become a patron. It allows us to continually make our films, while you continually invest in them. We’re immensely grateful to everyone who has contributed so far. Thank you!
Tiers
Film Fans
$1 or more per month
You appreciate the fragile beauty of seeing celluloid on screen, perhaps you're even addicted to it.


Backer credit at the end of each and every one of our films you pledge. Updates on our work.

Movie Makers
$5 or more per month
You're a studio haunt, a hero on any film set, the one getting the movie made.


Backer credit. Free posters and DVDs as we make them. Updates on our work.

Insiders
$10 or more per month
You've got the inside story, know all the workings of our films. Maybe you even spread the word.


Private screening of each film before it's released. Backer credit. Free DVDs and art. Updates on our work.

Big Shots
$25 or more per month only 5 left
You're pulling the strings and making the connections. You know about our next movie before even we do.


Associate Producer credit. Free DVDs and art. An invitation to an exclusive preview screening. Updates on our work.

Moguls
$50 or more per month only 3 left
The big cheese. You'll have your name on a studio gate soon.


Executive Producer credit. Free DVDs and art. An invitation to an exclusive preview screening of the films. Reserved tickets for all public screenings. Updates on our work.

Goals
$18 of $40 per month
At $40 a month, we'll be able to pay for film stock for 1 film. We're guaranteed to at least shoot a new chapter of "The Ballad of Lucky Lucifer" thanks to you!
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Rivera-Sennett treasures the communal ritual of watching a movie. Our films are meant to be seen in a dark, dingy theater where the image flickers, the AC roars, and leg room is scant. We want to make films for small movie houses, to hold on to the fulfilling experience of watching a movie with others around you. We invite you to join us in creating work that brings people together in the dark.

Collaboration

Rivera-Sennett is our signature (Matthew Rivera and Evan Sennett) because our work is the product of a hyphenation. When we met in the 7th grade, nearly a decade ago, we both knew we wanted to make films. We learned how to make movies side-by-side, so it was only natural that our tastes and visions aligned. The individual parts of our operation can never equal the whole.



We’ve gone on to make eight films together that have played around the world in the U.S., France, England, Russia, Brazil, Israel, India, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Serbia.

Through middle school, high school and now at separate colleges, we have managed to make films. We always have a new project in the works, and we love having more to work on than we can manage.

Process

While digital filmmaking offers many beautiful options, our work thrives on 16mm film. Black and white 16mm shapes our process. Due to its expense, we are forced to make deliberate decisions, and to prepare extensively before shooting. Film disciplines our work because we have to get it right on the first or second take.

The first expense we encounter is purchasing film stock. We shoot our 15 minute short films with about 55 minutes of film (5 400ft. rolls) which runs at around $500.



Once we've shot the film, the most expensive step is scanning it in very high resolution so that we can edit it on a digital platform. A 2k scan of 55 minutes costs around $1000. The image maintains a glorious look through this transfer, rendering out a razor sharp texture and a soft, rich palate of gray tones.

Finally, we transfer the finished film back to a 16mm projection print and the movie is ready to be shown the way it is meant to be seen. This is the final expense, a cost of $150 for a 15 minute short.



The process is long, arduous and expensive, but it makes us closely consider every decision making our films and gives them a bigger than life presence on screen.

Invest

Since 2012, we have made one short per year. We are different from most Patreon video makers because we aren't releasing work on a monthly or even weekly basis. The time and labor that goes into making one of our films is a slow-going process. We make movies to have lasting value rather than immediate appeal.

Currently, we're working on a series of films called "The Ballad of Lucky Lucifer," which will be a feature length series of shorts.

Our work would be impossible to make without the contributions of other artists and investors. The biggest challenge is the constant stop-and-go routine of finishing one film and starting a new one from scratch. With your patronage, we can continue creating with fewer obstacles.

As a patron, you will receive regular updates on the progress of our films, as well as exclusive first looks at the final product. As long as you contribute, your name will be in celluloid at the end of each film we make! Most importantly, you will be part of our trusted community and investing in the beautiful experience of going to the movies.

If you like our work, and want to become involved in realizing its creation, become a patron. It allows us to continually make our films, while you continually invest in them. We’re immensely grateful to everyone who has contributed so far. Thank you!

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Tiers
Film Fans
$1 or more per month
You appreciate the fragile beauty of seeing celluloid on screen, perhaps you're even addicted to it.


Backer credit at the end of each and every one of our films you pledge. Updates on our work.

Movie Makers
$5 or more per month
You're a studio haunt, a hero on any film set, the one getting the movie made.


Backer credit. Free posters and DVDs as we make them. Updates on our work.

Insiders
$10 or more per month
You've got the inside story, know all the workings of our films. Maybe you even spread the word.


Private screening of each film before it's released. Backer credit. Free DVDs and art. Updates on our work.

Big Shots
$25 or more per month only 5 left
You're pulling the strings and making the connections. You know about our next movie before even we do.


Associate Producer credit. Free DVDs and art. An invitation to an exclusive preview screening. Updates on our work.

Moguls
$50 or more per month only 3 left
The big cheese. You'll have your name on a studio gate soon.


Executive Producer credit. Free DVDs and art. An invitation to an exclusive preview screening of the films. Reserved tickets for all public screenings. Updates on our work.